Africa Cup of Nations – Ivory Coast v Togo Preview (16/1/17)

Match preview

I have previewed both of these teams in-depth in my pre tournament posts, for more click here. Ivory Coast are -1 Asian Handicap favourites in this fixture but they aren’t necessarily a banker. We have already seen two unfancied teams, Guinea Bissau & Zimbabwe produce surprise performances in this tournament and Togo are theoretically stronger than both of those nations. The Ivorians are the tournament favourites but I’m not convinced they possess the offensive firepower they once had. Togo will probably park the bus and not offer much unless they fall behind. I’m expecting a fairly slow pace to the game and it might be a bit sluggish, especially in the first half. I considered under 2.25 goals but if Togo did collapse then the Elephants could stampede them in the second half. So I’ll leave this game alone. I think Ivory Coast will win and perhaps 1-0 or 2-0 are the most likely scores. But I wouldn’t rule out Togo getting something and maybe their key man upfront Emmanuel Adebayor will grab a goal if a chance falls his way.

Prediction: 2-0

Recommended bet: None